Pedialyte should not be given to babies under the age of 1 without first talking to your pediatrician. Once opened or prepared, the drink should be refrigerated and consumed or discarded within 48 hours to reduce the risk of contamination with harmful bacteria.
How much Pedialyte do you give a 5 month old?
As a general rule, your baby can have an ounce of water for each month of age, so your 4-month-old may drink 4 ounces of water a day. With Pedialyte, even quite young babies can safely drink 4 to 8 ounces several times a day to combat dehydration.
What can I give my 5 month old for dehydration?
If your baby is having trouble keeping liquids down, she can easily become dehydrated. Try giving her very small amounts of fluid (primarily breast milk or formula as well as a little water if she’s 6 months or older) frequently. Electrolyte liquids are helpful for babies 3 months or older who have been vomiting.
Can I mix Pedialyte with formula?
No, we do not recommend mixing Pedialyte with formula. When Pedialyte and formula are mixed together, the nutrient and mineral content of both would change, along with the osmolality. The mixture could also become clumpy and hard for your baby to drink.
Can you give electrolytes to babies?
Mild dehydration due to illness in infants under 1 year old
You can buy oral electrolyte solutions without a prescription at supermarkets and drugstores. If you are breast-feeding and your baby is urinating less often than normal, offer an electrolyte solution between breast-feedings for the first 6 to 24 hours.
Is Pedialyte OK for babies?
Pedialyte is generally considered safe for children over the age of 1 when properly mixed, stored in the refrigerator, and consumed or discarded within 48 hours. It should only be given to children under the age of 1 under medical supervision.
How much Pedialyte do you give an infant?
Spoon or syringe feed 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Pedialyte every 5 minutes. If your baby is urinating less frequently than normal, you can offer the baby an electrolyte solution between breast-feedings for a short time (6 to 24 hours).
Is electrolyte the same as Pedialyte?
Pedialyte contains electrolytes as well as a small amount of sugar (glucose). Electrolytes are mineral nutrients such as sodium, potassium, and chloride that help to control fluid levels in your body.
What are the side effects of Pedialyte?
COMMON side effects
- intense abdominal pain.
What happens if Pedialyte is not refrigerated?
Yes, Pedialyte can go bad more quickly if not refrigerated. Unopened Pedialyte bottles can be stored in a cool place within its “use by” date on the packaging. However, once you open the bottle, Pedialyte must be refrigerated. The opened bottle can already introduce some bacteria in its contents.
Why does Pedialyte have to be used in 48 hours?
Why does Pedialyte® need to be discarded after 48 hours? Pedialyte® does not contain preservatives. Once opened, bacteria could come into contact with the product from the air or through direct contact. Bacteria grows slowly at refrigerator temperatures, and over time the number of bacteria can become significant.
How can I hydrate my 4 month old?
Offer a bottle or breastfeed frequently, especially if your baby isn’t taking in very much at each feeding. Wait on other drinks. Do not give your baby an oral rehydration fluid (e.g., Pedialyte), water, juice, or soda for illness, vomiting, or diarrhea without talking to your doctor first.
What is a substitute for Pedialyte?
Coconut water is the easiest Pedialyte alternative and a natural way to help your dehydrated child. Full of fluid-balancing potassium and sodium, it’s nature’s solution for sick tummies. Coconut water is low in sugar and high in electrolytes, which is the perfect recipe for your sick child.
How do you hydrate a baby?
For mild dehydration in a child age 1 to 11: Give extra fluids in frequent, small sips, especially if the child is vomiting. Choose clear soup, clear soda, or Pedialyte, if possible. Give popsicles, ice chips, and cereal mixed with milk for added water or fluid.